Salem Community Foundation
Making a difference in our community for nearly 50 years...
49th ANNUAL MEETING TO BE HELD APRIL 2, 2015
The 49th annual meeting will be observed by the directors of the Salem Community Foundation, a public charitable trust, when they meet at the Salem Community Center on April 2nd at 2 p.m. The election of officers, review of the Salem Community Foundation's financial statements and distribution of the 2014 annual report will take place at the meeting. All lifetime members are invited and encouraged to attend. To become a lifetime member of the Salem Community Foundation a contribution of at least $100 must be made.
CenterPlex TO OPEN IN NOVEMBER 2015 AT SALEM COMMUNITY CENTER
The Salem Community Foundation and Salem Community Center are pleased to announce a $3 million facility expansion project. The construction of a 27,000-square-foot facility will be located immediately to the south of the current building. This new athletic complex, the CenterPlex, will offer competitive and recreational basketball, volleyball leagues, indoor track meets, baseball practices, and will have designated time slots available for teams to rent space for organized practices.
The free-standing building will be home to a four-lane 160-meter "spikable surface" running track that will meet the requirements set by the Ohio Association of Track and Cross Country Coaches as a qualifying facility for the indoor state track meet. In the CenterPlex will be two high school regulation sized basketball courts containing four half courts and twelve total basketball hoops. These courts may be converted to as many as four volleyball courts. The CenterPlex will also feature a drop down batting cage with "L screens" for baseball and softball practices. The multipurpose sports complex will have a lobby with viewing monitors and concession stand to be utilized by the players, coaches, officials, and spectators.
The board of directors for Salem Community Foundation recognized the growing needs of the Salem Community Center and are very excited about the expansion project. The expansion will target all ages and meet the needs of Salem area residents and for those living as far away as Cleveland and Pittsburgh.
Salem Community Center Executive Director, Heather Young, the board of directors and staff are actively planning new and expanded programs and are excited about the positive impact of these events.
A NOTE FROM PRESIDENT JOHN E. TONTI
The Salem Community Foundation has worked diligently since 1966 to improve the quality of life while continuing to connect its donors with critical interests in the Salem area. Assisting donors with their philanthropic needs for the past 48 years has been a tremendous honor and privilege.
As a public trust, the Foundation is vibrant and healthy due to caring individuals, families and organizations continuing to invest with confidence in the local community through us. During the past year Salem Community Foundation continued to support a wide range of Salem area programs, projects and scholarships through $1,517,075 awarded to the arts and humanities, education, human services, and public and community services. I encourage you to review the accomplishments of the 2014 fiscal year detailed within the most recent Annual Report.
The Board of Directors and I are extremely grateful for your confidence in our ability to serve you in investing in our community and as your partner on behalf of achieving your charitable goals. We are proud of the fact that our efforts have made a significant impact in making lives better.
John E. Tonti
The Salem Community Foundation, a public non-profit charitable trust, has as its mission to improve the quality of life in Salem, Ohio, and the immediate area.
The Foundation, through special grants, supports charitable, educational, scientific, literary, artistic, and civic efforts, as well as public safety, welfare, and recreational programs in Salem.
The mission of the Community Foundation is also to assess and meet changing community needs and interests through financial awards, and to assist donors to build and preserve enduring assets for charitable purposes.
SALEM COMMUNITY FOUNDATION'S GOALS
• Encouraging the growth of the Foundation's permanent endowment.
• Providing a vehicle for donations from individuals, families, corporations and organizations with varied interests.
• Evaluating and addressing emerging and changing community needs.
• Serving as a neutral leader to stimulate and coordinate actions among various organizations to accomplish common objectives.
• To make grants that are consistent with the above.
HOW DOES A COMMUNITY FOUNDATION WORK?
The community foundation concept is as ingenious as it is simple - a means by which a substantial amount of money can be built over time from contributors both large and small the income from which is used to meet the community's charitable needs.
Supported by the Congress and its tax laws, the community foundation is a unique product of a democratic society that is built upon private enterprise. It originally grew out of American traditions of charity that would have those with ability provide opportunities for achievement to those less fortunate. Today donors to community foundations are from diverse backgrounds with a common commitment to their communities' well being.